A government watchdog agency recommended that Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature create the position of state Geospatial Information Officer to coordinate and advance the use of GIS technology across all departments.
The Little Hoover Commission’s report on geographic information systems technology, called Mapping a Strategy for GIS, follows a study of whether the state government is using GIS to its full capacity and in a cost-efficient manner. The report concludes that overall, the state’s use of GIS is “inconsistent and lacks centralization and coordination.” The 18-page document recommends that the governor and Legislature take three specific steps:
- Designate a full-time state Geospatial Information Officer
- Create a GIS Advisory Council, whose members would come from the public sector, the IT industry and nonprofits
- Use GIS technology to evaluate regional disparities in funding and the delivery of state services.